Poplar Grove Winemakers Dinner

Winemaker Ian Sutherland (left) & Val Tait (right)

I attended this dinner at Tapanade Bistro on April 4th, that featured Poplar Grove Wines along with their Winemaker Ian Sutherland.

Following the welcoming reception that featured the 2009 Poplar Grove Viognier and canapes, we all sat down to dinner.

Now on to dinner and the pairings!

First Course:

Dayboat Halibut

Dayboat Halibut – spring vegetable salad, Spotted Prawn jus

Paired with Poplar Grove Reserve Chardonnay 2010

Second Course:

Fraser Valley Duck Breast

Fraser Valley Duck Breast – carrot puree, confit leg ragu, mustard & cocoa spaetzle, cherry gastrique

Paired with Poplar Grove Merlot 2007

Third Course:

Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb

Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb – chickpea panisse, ratatouille, rapini, warm olive and anchovy vinaigrette

Paired with Poplar Grove CSM 2008

Fourth Course:

Nostrala – Alpine Style BC Cheese

Nostrala – Alpine Style BC Cheese

Paired with Poplar Grove The Legacy 2006

Fifth Course:

White Chocolate Panna Cotta

White Chocolate Panna Cotta – meyer lemon curd, compressed pineapple, kiwi, basil, almond streusel

Paired with Late Harvest Riesling 2009

 

Executive Chef Justin Cheung

Comments:  All of the wines and courses were well paired, I found the Poplar Grove Reserve Chardonnay 2010 was the perfect match and quite lite to the Dayboat Halibut – spring vegetable salad, Spotted Prawn jus. Poplar Grove Merlot 2007 was delicious with the Fraser Valley Duck Breast – carrot puree, confit leg ragu, mustard & cocoa spaetzle, cherry gastrique; and the Poplar Grove CSM 2008 was outstanding with the sous vide Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb – chickpea panisse, ratatouille, rapini, warm olive and anchovy vinaigrette.

Executive Chef Justin Cheung and his team did an exceptional job with the dishes and wine pairings.

Tapanade Bistro is located at 3711 Bayview Street in Steveston.

Poplar Grove Wines is located in Penticton, BC.

By: Richard Wolak